This fall, as people prepare to tuck into a Thanksgiving feast with loved ones, many St. Louisans will take to the street corners, donning bright green aprons and flashing a special edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s a time when people give thanks for their good fortunes – and this tradition, started by Old Newsboys, shows the community how to put that appreciation into action.
Since 1957, Old Newsboys has raised millions of dollars for local charities that support children, bringing together thousands of volunteers and contributors in an impressive show of community. “Hundreds of charities, most of them small nonprofit organizations, apply for funding each year,” says Mary Ann Wagner, executive director of Old Newsboys.
In 2018, the organization awarded more than 150 grants. “Our goal for this year is to beat that number!” Doug Sansone declares. He, alongside his wife, will co-chair the main event, as well as the Old Newsboys Charity Polo Match, taking place on September 28, at Kräftig Polo Club. Tickets are available online at oldsnewsboysday.org, including VIP access, and sponsorships are still open. To inquire about the latter, contact Wagner at email@example.com.
As nostalgia creeps back into mainstream culture – with throwback shows and record players making a comeback – and offers a refreshing break from today’s constant barrage of technology, so too does the notion of people peddling a print edition of the news at the street corner. However, the real heart of it is the opportunity to support St. Louis’ smallest citizens.
Nonprofits looking to join the roster of more than 150 organizations that will receive funding through this community endeavor must be located within or close to the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, and demonstrate how the grant received will directly benefit children in need. Agencies that serve children who are at-risk due to economic hardships will receive special consideration.
“My wife and I have six children, and anything that has
to do with children is really important to us,” Sansone shares. “We are St. Louis people, born and raised. My business is here. Our families are here. To be a small part of an organization that benefits so many children across the region is an honor.”
The special edition, which will be available on November 21, highlights the young talent that can be found right here in the Gateway to the West. “Local high school journalists produce the national, award-winning publication by interviewing and writing stories about the nonprofits that receive funding through the foundation,” Wagner details. “Kids helping kids makes this initiative a community-wide endeavor and shares the importance of giving back.”
You can pick up your copy from any volunteer donning the Old Newsboys apron for any donation amount. Whether you can only offer the change in your cup holder or have $20 in your wallet, every cent contributed on this festive day directly benefits the children’s charities selected by Old Newsboys for the year.
“Be generous,” Sansone encourages. “Participate and give what you can.” Volunteer opportunities include aiding with the execution of the polo match in September or selling newspapers on Old Newsboys Day in November.
With an aim to improve the lives of children who are at risk, whether from abuse or poverty, by providing shelter, food, clothing and medical care, Old Newsboys Day is a long-lived tradition that seems equally important as giving thanks.
OLD NEWSBOYS CHARITY POLO MATCH
Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m.
Kräftig Polo Club
Purchase tickets at oldnewsboysday.org.
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Mary Ann Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLD NEWSBOYS DAY
Thursday, Nov. 21